AARP Crowd Grooves to New Beach Boys Film

Bill Pohlad specializes in telling the stories of complex people. He produced 12 Years a Slave (2013), the story of a free black man kidnapped into slavery; Into the Wild (2007), the true story of a college student who chucked everything to live in remote Alaska; and The Tree of Life (2011), a study of a grown man trying to come to terms with the meaning of life. Pohlad’s newest movie, Love & Mercy, follows that pattern, bringing to the …

‘Caring for Mom and Dad’: A Movie With Answers

As 75 million boomers march steadily toward old age, a health care problem of monumental proportions awaits. That’s the staggering issue attacked in Caring for Mom and Dad, a new PBS documentary featured at AARP’s Movies for Grownups Film Festival in Miami this week. Sponsored by AARP and Pfizer, the film — now available for viewing online — introduces us to  people who are trying to balance their own lives and careers with caring for aging parents. While the stories are both sobering and inspiring, …

A Petite Housecleaner Is AARP’s New Singing Superstar

  Janet Hines-Norris, 53, a 5-foot-1 housecleaner from Mishawaka, Ind., who for years has sung her way through each workday, just might have a career change in store. With two songs, she blew away a panel of music legends, twice brought an audience of thousands to its feet, beat out four fellow competitors — and left the stage the winner of the 2015 AARP Superstar singing competition that was hosted by Arsenio Hall. A balmy night in Miami Beach turned torrid as Hines-Norris belted …

Sam Elliott: Blythe Danner Had Never Kissed a Mustache

Sam Elliott got a standing ovation from a full house when he took the stage following the screening of his new film, I’ll See You in My Dreams, at the Movies for Grownups Film Festival in Miami. “It’s very gratifying to play a role like this,” the star, whose distinctive rumbling voice has made him one of the busiest commercial voiceover artists in America, told the moderator, AARP’s Meg Grant. “Otherwise it’s mostly selling trucks and beer.” In a year that …

Weekend: Blythe Danner in Love; Ethan Hawke at War

A splendid love story for grownups and a gripping vision of modern warfare make this an excellent weekend to duck into a mutiplex. I’ll See You in My Dreams The latest star in a welcome string of grownup-movie love stories, Blythe Danner shines as a long-widowed woman who finds herself in an unexpected late-life romance with a charming, wealthy retiree (Sam Elliott).     Good Kill Ethan Hawke stars as a U.S. Air Force drone pilot in one of the …

For ‘AARP Superstars,’ a Moment of Truth

From five distant spots around the country, the finalists in the AARP Superstars Competition are winging their way to Miami with their eyes on the prize: $5,000 and a professional recording session at DMI Music & Media in Pasadena, Calif. At 7:30 p.m. on Friday, there’ll be no turning back. Host Arsenio Hall will take the stage and introduce the competition’s four celebrity judges, then turn the show over to a diverse collection of singers, all 50-plus, who have waited their …